Hit: 1955

They say the eyes are the window to the soul. You look at
Harvey Slater and you’ll see a homicide detective chasing cigarettes with a few
fingers of bourbon. You look into his eyes, and you’ll see a hitman who spends
his nights making “untouchable” criminals disappear for the Los
Angeles Police Department. But all it takes is a blonde bombshell from his past
and a crime syndicate trying to muscle in while Mickey Cohen’s in prison to
open Slater’s eyes to who he really is. Collects the complete fourlimited series,
features the nevershort story, “Bonnie,” and includes an introduction
by author Duane Swierczynski.
Having recently checked out the Pen and Ink release and
wanting to see more, I was very excited to get my hands on the complete
series.  Detective noir is such a fun
genre to get into and I always enjoy whenever I get to read one.  Hit: 1955 is all the gritty goodness that a
book in this genre needs to be and I’m so glad I had the opportunity to read it
completely.
Hit takes place on the harsh streets of LA at a time when
mob street gangs still reigned supreme. 
To battle these seedy factions, cops have been officially yet secretly
sanctioned to take them down.  When one
of these detectives finds himself in the midst of fellow officers suddenly getting
killed, he has to dig himself out of the mess. 
Throw in an affair with his superior’s daughter and you have all the
makings of a great noir.
Vanesa Del Ray does an absolutely spectacular job with
the artwork in this book.  Her style is
amazing to start off with and lends itself all too well to this kind of
story.  As if her art isn’t impressive
enough, to know that this was her first comic series makes it even more
powerful.
Now that I’ve been able to complete this series, I am all
the happier having done so.  Along with
the behind the scenes content I got from the Pen and Ink book, everything I got
from Hit was excellent.  This is a
fantastic book and is one that everyone should take the time to pick up and
read.
For more on Hit: 1955 or other Boom titles, check out Boom! Studios.

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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